Participation and legal action in environmental protection

Participation and legal action in environmental protection Directive 2003/4 of the European Union gives citizens and organisations involved in protecting the environment the right to participate in environmental administration procedures and to take legal action when current environmental law has been violated. These rights go further than applicable German law. The project entitled “Participation and legal action in environmental protection”, which runs from 2005 to 2007, has several aims. Environmental organisations and the general public will be informed about the extended participation and legal action rights arising from the implementation of the EU Directive. The changes will be discussed within the relevant academic community. The national legislative processes will also be monitored. Environmental organisations are to seek strategic and organisational responses to the changes. To take full advantage of the possibilities afforded by the Directive, environmental organisations and other non-governmental organisations are to seek potential synergies. This will help to broaden environmental awareness in society. The project is funded by a grant from the German Federal Environment Agency and is directed by Prof. Dr. Christian Schrader. The project was applied for and conducted by the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany) and the Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns (UfU).